Pages That Might or Might Not Be of Interest to You!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

TOS Review Mad Dog Math

Drilling Math Facts is one of those torture techniques used to get people to confess all their deepest, darkest secrets.  At least that's how it always felt to me.  As a kid and even now as a homeschool teacher.  I really don't like drilling facts.  I know it needs done.  It's vital and key to their understanding of Math and to their base knowledge of Math.  It also helps to be able to do the most basic things in life if they can add, subtract, multiply, and divide well!

So to that end I am always on the lookout for something that will help me help them drill their Math Facts.  Okay, okay, I am looking for something that will do it for me but you get my meaning.


I think I may have found it.  Mad Dog Math is a great program that helps drill the facts with no crazy games or extra fluff and stuff; it is just the facts ma'am.

Here's a bit from their website:
Mad Dog Math is a supplement to any math curriculum used in any classroom, home school setting, or any home situation. The basic facts are a very small piece of the academic pie, but a crucial piece for future success as children move on to higher levels of math.

We’ve taken the basic facts and broken them down into bite-sized pieces that any child can master. A child progresses through a series of timed drills at his own pace. With each success comes confidence; with confidence comes more success. Students, for the first time, feel empowered by their gained knowledge and are not intimidated by math ever again. Where students once said, “Math is hard; I hate math!”, they now say, “Math is easy; math is fun!”

There is nothing on the market like Mad Dog Math.

The Essentials of Mad Dog Math

Enables children to master their +, -, x, and ÷ facts in a fun challenging, exciting, and motivating way
Math supplement for any math curriculum
For grades K through 5th; remedial middle school and high school
Standard, daily 10 minute time commitment from start to finish
Huge body of math facts broken down into bite-sized pieces any child can master
Applied system that works in every classroom and in every home
Students, teachers, and parents LOVE it 

I really thought that my kids would put up more of a fight when I told them that we were reviewing another math product.  And they did until we downloaded the program and they started using it.  After that I couldn't get them off of it!  They are asking to do it every day and their skills are improving.  The simple, straight-forward approach really appeals to my girls and makes it easier for them to focus on the task at hand.  Just today my 9yo was asking how much longer we had the review for because she was wanting to earn more stickers! 

Mad Dog Math

There are three levels along with a challenge level that can be chosen depending on the level your child needs.  But, if you are like me you make your 13yo do all the levels for review and challenge them to make the 30 second club on all levels.  (Like I said, I hate drilling math facts so they are not a strong suit in our house.)  Each level can be timed starting with 2 minutes working all the way down to 30 seconds.  I have one child that locks up when they are timed so she didn't use the timer at all.  The other two that used this loved the timer and would try to beat their time with fewer problems missed.

With other programs that are designed to drill math facts there are games and what not to distract the girls; Mad Dog Math is all about drilling the facts.  That's not to say that it isn't fun.  The girls love it!  It is just that with this kind of thing, simple is better.

Here is a video to watch that will help explain it a little more.

Interested?  Head on over to their website and read about the creator of Mad Dog Math and then check out the different tabs for Classroom Use, Home Use, and their About page for all the info you need.  Want to order Mad Dog Math?  Head on over to their order page to check out the options.  Mad Dog Math at Home is available for purchase and download here in three ways – a one-year license for $19.99, a two-year license for $29.99, and a perpetual license for $39.99.

This is one of those products that is so worth it.  If you are just using it to finely tune your child's math facts skills you could purchase the one year and get your moneys worth.  But if I had known about this a few years ago, I would have purchased the perpetual license to use for all of my kids.  It's that worth it.

If you want more info than is on the website, here is how to contact them.
(562) 533-5772
Mailing Address
Mad Dog Math
4562 Ocana Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90713

If you want to see what other Crew Members thought about Mad Dog Math, head on over to The Crew Blog and check them out.

** I received a trial version of Mad Dog Math through The TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review.

No comments: